How TV Fell in Love With Marijuana – Cheryl Shuman

How TV Fell in Love With Marijuana – Cheryl Shuman

It’s come a long way from “Just Say No.”

 

The stoner comedy is a long, storied Hollywood tradition. Beginning with Cheech and Chong’s 1978 filmUp in Smoke and continuing to the present, Hollywood has offered no shortage of cannabis-themed films for the stoner cinephile. But the marijuana-themed TV episode is a relatively recent development. The small screen has had a shorter, stranger relationship with marijuana than its bigger cousin:

 

MARIJUANA ON TV

How I Met Your Mother – Season 3, Episode 5: “How I Met Everyone Else” (2007)“Scooby, we’re in our thirties, we don’t smoke sandwiches anymore.” – Lily Eriksen

It wasn’t long ago that marijuana was only referred to as one of many “illegal drugs” on television (as in this brilliantly surreal 1983 guest appearance by Nancy Reagan on Diff’rent Strokes). The First Lady’s “Just Say No” message fueled a host of other marijuana-centric “Very Special Episode” TV appearances in the 1980s. on series like Growing Pains andFull House. This culminated in a 1990 made-for-TV special Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue!—a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration which saw Bugs Bunny, ALF, Garfield, and the Muppet Babies teaching a pot-smoking teenager “the million, billion wonderful ways to say no.” But if Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue! was the biggest accomplishment of the “Just Say No” movement, it was also the grand finale. Just two years later, a marijuana-centric episode of ABC sitcom Dinosaurs featured teenager Robbie pleading to the camera at the episode’s end: “Don’t do drugs—and help stop preachy sitcom episodes like this one.”

Robbie’s wish was half-granted. Americans kept doing drugs—in ever-increasing numbers—but sitcoms mostly stopped airing preachy episodes. Though marijuana use was still demonized on television as late as 1997 (in an episode of the WB series 7th Heaven), the drug was also treated with a new frankness in sitcoms like RoseanneHome Improvement, and That ’70s Show.

 

The increasingly normalized depiction of marijuana use on television, taken in conjunction with the increase in American marijuana users, raises a chicken-or-the-egg question: Was TV making Americans more tolerant of marijuana use? Or was the increase in American marijuana users encouraging TV to depict the drug less negatively? The Parents Television Council, a media watchdog group, argues the former—and they’re not happy about it. In a 2010 FOX News debate with marijuana legalization advocate Allen St. Pierre, Melissa Henson, the Director of Communications and Public Education for the PTC, argued that TV shows which feature marijuana users “communicate the idea that it’s not only acceptable behavior, but normal behavior.”

Henson expanded on her comments earlier this year in an interview with The Atlantic. “There’s a wink and a nudge when it comes to pot use on television,” she said. “It’s pretty much treated as acceptable, as normal… ‘This is something that everybody does, and everybody knows that everybody does it.’ But in the real world, kids who are caught with pot can suffer serious, life-changing consequences.” She pointed to a plot arc on Glee in which a fired high school teacher resold medical marijuana as particularly problematic.

If TV is a propagandistic device for pro-legalization advocates, it’s an enormously effective one. TV series like The SimpsonsSouth Park, and Family Guyhave built entire episodes around marijuana legalization, with Family Guy‘s “420” offering its own annoyingly catchy song—”A Bag of Weed“—as a counterpoint to the “Wonderful Ways to Say No” ofCartoon All-Stars to the Rescue!. And age is a factor: A 2010 ABC study found that 81 percent of Americans support the legalization of medicinal marijuana, while the number drops to 23 percent for Americans aged 65 and older.

And marijuana is more than fodder for sitcoms and cartoons. Perhaps the final sign of marijuana’s television growth comes with its appearance in the most ubiquitous of genres: reality television. In the past year, both The Discovery Channel and National Geographic have launched reality series based on the budding medicinal marijuana market. Weed Wars and American Weed offer something that no other series in TV history has (or could have) offered: a glimpse into cannabis growth as a legal, legitimate business. If the blunt realities of Weed Wars and American Weed are any indication, the days of “Very Special Episodes” and “just say no” are officially behind us. And as American cultural attitudes continue to shape—and be shaped by—depictions of marijuana, it’s hard to imagine that TV will ever go back.

 

Original Post: http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/04/how-tv-fel…

 

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Marijuana cuts nerve pain post chemotherapy

Marijuana cuts nerve pain post chemotherapy

ANI | Sep 25, 2011, 05.56PM IST

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/health/Marijuana-cuts-nerve-pain-post-chemotherapy/articleshow/10115997.cms

Marijuana cuts nerve pain post chemotherapy

A marijuana extract called ‘Cannabidiol’ could help prevent painful neuropathy in patients receiving the chemotherapy drug paclitaxel, according to new animal experiments.

“Our preliminary findings…indicate thatcannabidiol may prevent the development of paclitaxel-induced allodynia in mice and therefore be effective at preventing dose-limiting paclitaxel-induced peripheral neuropathy in humans,” according to the report by Sara Jane Ward, Ph.D., and colleagues of Temple University School of Pharmacy, Philadelphia.

Paclitaxel-commonly used in the treatment of advanced breast or ovarian cancer-can causenerve damage (neuropathy), leading to symptoms like pain, numbness, or tingling.

Cannabidiol is a marijuana extract that has pain and inflammation-reducing effects, while avoiding the psychoactive side effects of marijuana and other “cannabinoid” compounds.

In the new study, male and female mice were treated with paclitaxel and monitored for evidence of neuropathy.

The results showed that paclitaxel induced abnormal pain responses (allodynia) mainly in female mice-less so in males. Allodynia was more likely to develop at higher doses of paclitaxel.

When female mice were treated with cannabidiol before paclitaxel, it effectively prevented the development of allodynia. Abnormal pain responses to both cold and mechanical pressure were prevented by cannabidiol.

The preventive effect was permanent, with no evidence that nerve damage developed after cannabidiol treatment was stopped, the report said.

The study has been published in the journal Anesthesia and Analgesia.

Marijuana growers compete in cannabis cups despite risks

Marijuana growers compete in ‘cannabis cups’ despite risks

BY PETER HENDERSON, POSTMEDIA NEWS APRIL 24, 2012
Pot growers will display their wares when they meet for a 'canabis cup' event in Saskatchewan this fall.

Pot growers will display their wares when they meet for a ‘canabis cup’ event in Saskatchewan this fall.

Photograph by: Norov Dmitriy , PROVINCE

Medical marijuana growers in Saskatchewan are preparing for a September competition that’s the latest in a series of friendly contests between growers across Canada.

But organizer Jeff Lundstrom said staying within the law and organizing these “cannabis cups” is difficult.

“It takes a lot of money, a lot of work and a lot of risk,” he said.

There are a few yearly contests in Vancouver and Toronto such as the Toronto Cannabis Cup and the Treating Yourself Expo, but Lundstrom said smaller contests in other cities often have trouble finding venues and sponsors.

“It’s hard to find a convention hall that will let you smoke marijuana in a closed environment,” he said. “And the authorities aren’t always friendly.”

Lundstrom is hoping to bring together medical marijuana growers from across the province to Saskatoon for the second Prairie Harvest Medicinal Marijuana Cup.

Judges will determine the best product from different strains of marijuana submitted by Health Canada-approved growers. Lundstrom also plans to host roundtable discussions on marijuana potency and policy.

For Lundstrom, who owns a head shop in Saskatoon called the Skunk Funk Smoker’s Emporium, the Harvest Cup is a labour of love.

“It’s a celebration of our freedom and what we believe is our choice,” he said. “I want everybody to know we’re not criminals. It’s just a celebration of something we think should be legal for everyone.”

But it’s not easy to buck the unsavoury reputation that marijuana cultivation engenders, Lundstrom said.

In fact, he said, most medical marijuana growers cultivate a small number of plants and don’t live like Tony Montana, or other supposed drug lords portrayed in Hollywood films.

“People are convinced that you profit from the production of cannabis,” Lundstrom said. “Growing weed is a very expensive and time-consuming ordeal. There’s nobody making it rich.”

Although medical marijuana is legal, possession is still illegal without a licence.

“It’s not an issue for police unless we receive a complaint in regard to it,” said Saskatoon police spokeswoman Alyson Edwards.

Lundstrom said although two of last year’s submissions were confiscated during shipping, the police generally leave him alone.

“We’ve made attempts to approach them about security and that kind of stuff, but their basic response is ‘We’re just not interested,'” he said. “As long as nobody’s complaining, there’s no reason for them to stir the pot.”

But Lundstrom said the police in other jurisdictions aren’t always so accommodating, which is one of the reasons cannabis competition are often a one-time event.

Lundstrom, a licensed medical marijuana user and grower, said the Prairie Cup is about more than just celebrating medical marijuana. It’s about Saskatchewan pride.

“There’s a lot of great farming and agriculture here,” he said. “That’s what we are, ganja farmers. That’s how I look at myself, as a farmer with roots and ties to Saskatchewan. It’s what has made me good at my job.”

The marijuana-growing competition is the only one of its kind in Saskatchewan.

“We’re simple people,” Lundstrom said. “We just enjoy growing our weed, sitting back and enjoying the sunset and the endless skies.”

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A Marijuana Bud A Day Keeps The Stroke Away

A Marijuana Bud A Day Keeps The Stroke Away

By Steve Elliott ~alapoet~ in MedicalNews
Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 9:43 am
Hey man, it beats the hell out of Bayer.

One former heart surgeon says that while some people are on a daily dose of aspirin to lower the severity of problems — and the likelihood of strokes — after a heart attack or a first stroke, there’s a better way, reports Sabrina Rodriguez at Fox 40.
Dr. Dave Allen says that marijuana is a better alternative.
“Eating a bud a day will keep the stroke away,” Dr. Allen said. “No other medicine made by man can help in this manner.”

A study sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services found that rats had their incidence of stroke reduced by 50 percent with the administration of cannabinoids.
Dr. Allen recommends raw marijuana buds — not dried ones — to avoid the “high” the comes with cannabis. Marijuana’s chief psychoactive ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is activated by the drying and curing process.
 

Marijuana Has Never Done HARM Ever

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